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Sustainability at WIU-Quad Cities

Sustainability @ WIU-Quad Cities

Earth Hour

2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a celebration of environmental conservation. We would like to welcome you to our Quad Cities campus. Living along the shores of the Mississippi River, our campus has experienced the effects of climate change first hand. Western Illinois University is committed to protecting our environment, as evidenced by our eco-friendly buildings that meet LEED certification on both Macomb and Quad Cities Campuses. We have also recently started the installation of bird friendly window coverings on our Quad Cities Campus. It is a pleasure to welcome you to our Sustainability Page. Please check back often for new content and event schedules.

Earth Hour

February 5 – The Problem with Not Talking about Climate Change - Eric Sorensen, WQAD Meteorologist

Earth Hour Spring 2020 Schedule

  • January 15 - Inside the Mega Fire – WQPT Screening
  • January 22 – Pratt Ranch; How to Enjoy the Good Life Off the Grid – Dr. Bill Pratt, Director, Engineering Program, WIU
  • January 29 – Conservation Resource Program (CRP) - Richard Stewart, Resource Conservationist, Rock Island County SWCD
  • February 5 – The Problem with Not Talking about Climate Change - Eric Sorensen, WQAD Meteorologist
  • February 19 – To Save Nature is to Save Ourselves: Surviving Mass Extinction – Joel Vanderbush, Curator of Conservation & Education, Niabi Zoo.
  • February 26 – American Experience – The Big Burn – WQPT Screening
  • March 4 – The Importance of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve - Kai Swanson, President, Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission
  • March 18 – Ecofeminism - Tammy Werner – Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, WIU
  • March 25 – Sinking Cities – Miami - WQPT Screening
  • April 1 – You should take the bus: Local Environmental Impacts of Public Transit - Jennifer Hirsch, MetroLink
  • April 8 - Public Understanding of Climate Science – Dr. Everett Hamner, Professor of English, WIU
  • April 15 – From Tree Cults to Deforestation; Environmental Disasters in the Middle Ages – Debbie Kepple-Mamros, Director, Quad Cities Campus Operations, WIU
  • April 22 – Earth Day – Special Presentations and Films will be held throughout the day

All presentations and films will be held at Western Illinois University – Quad Cities at 5pm in the Quad Cities Complex Atrium, Building C.
Please call 309-762-9481 with questions or for more details.

Earth Day
Earth Day at WIU-Quad Cities

April 22, 2020

  • Student Research Presentations
  • Why to plant Native Plants in your Landscaping – Ross Smith, Assistant Park Ranger & Coordinator of Natural Resource Education, Rock Island County Forest Preserve District (RH 111)
  • Speaker Panel - TBD


Interdisciplinary Studies

Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Paired Minor Emphasis: Environmental Studies

Bachelor of Science in Biology - Option: Environmental Biology

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate: Environmental GIS

Ph.D. in Environmental Science: Large River Ecosystems

QC-Campus Prairie Restoration Project

Controlled Burn of the Detention Pond Prairies

We will be doing a controlled burn of the detention pond prairies Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 1 PM. We invite you to come out and watch from a distance if you are interested. Prairie fires tend to be quite spectacular when conditions are correct.

The reason we burn is multifaceted. Burning inhibits the growth of woody vegetation and returns nutrients to the soil. It also establishes a balance between grasses (cover and food for birds and mammals) and flowers (essential for pollinators like Monarch butterflies). Additionally, the fire drops seeds to the soil and allows us to sow new seed more effectively.

We are very fortunate to have a space like this on campus where we can enjoy a peaceful moment with nature. In about 3-4 weeks, we'll see the new green spread across the detention pond and the flowers will be in full bloom right on time for the butterflies and bees!

Here is a link to pictures that chronicle our progress: https://goo.gl/photos/hFaSWBVrbvsz1cfV9

Controlled Burn